As one of the more sizeable states in the Union, Florida leads the charts in the numbers of registered vehicles. More than 20 million vehicles including automobiles, pickups, motorcycles, mobile homes, heavy trucks, trailers, and buses were registered just by August this year. With these statistics, it is obvious that traffic violations are also naturally higher than other parts of the country. Now, Florida is known for its tough stance on all kinds of crime around the country, and the case is no different with traffic violations. Certain traffic offenses can be classified as criminal traffic offenses and carry severe penalties including steep fines or even jail time. With that in mind, it is imperative that you obtain the services of an experienced Broward criminal attorney to assist with any criminal traffic violations. If you or someone you know is accused of a criminal traffic offense, a Broward criminal attorney may be able to help you get your life back on track.
What is a Criminal Traffic Offense
A criminal traffic offense is exactly what it sounds like – a crime committed while operating a motor vehicle. While most traffic offenses are treated as a moving violation, criminal traffic offenses carry more serious penalties. Criminal traffic offenses are not comparable to speeding, running a red light, or failure to stop at a stop sign. They may result in a driver facing a misdemeanor or even a felony which means a mark on your record, coupled with hefty fines, possible driver’s license suspension, points on a driver’s license, and even jail time. On the other hand, a moving violation penalty is limited only to a fine and the matter is considered closed once that fine is paid (except in the case of a suspended license).
Some Common Criminal Traffic Offenses
We have listed down some of the more common criminal traffic violations below. Remember this list is by no means complete, so it is best to get in touch with a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney who specializes in traffic offenses for more information.
- Attaching a tag that is not assigned
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Driving with a Suspended License (DWLS)
- Driving with No Valid Driver’s License (NVDL)
- Driving with an Expired Driver’s License
- Driving with an Expired Vehicle Registration
- Habitual Traffic Offenses
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident (LSA)
- Permitting an Unauthorized Person to Drive
- Racing on a Highway
- Reckless Driving
- Refusal to take a Breath Test
- Unlawful use of an Identification Card
- Using a Motorcycle without the Appropriate Endorsement on a Driving License
Every criminal traffic offense is treated as a criminal violation and goes through the entire legal process until a result is reached in a court of law. If convicted, you may have a criminal history record. But that is not all – you may face administrative penalties or a suspended driver’ license. Additionally, insurance rates may also go up to a point where they are no longer affordable. It can become increasingly hard to apply for jobs and pass background checks because of a criminal traffic violation. In order to avoid all of these unpleasant events and prevent any nasty surprise in the future, you should get in touch with a Fort Lauderdale criminal attorney to discuss your case.
What a Fort Lauderdale Criminal Lawyer Can Do For You
An experienced Fort Lauderdale criminal lawyer will have the experience and skills required in order to provide effective representation on every step of the way. Having an attorney present on your side will have a number of benefits, including:
- Maintaining Your Rights Throughout the Process
If you are charged with a criminal traffic violation, there are chances that you could be arrested immediately, even at a routine checkpoint or traffic stop. This could leave your vehicle stranded or impounded and you could be stuck with heavy towing fees. You would also likely miss out on work or school and have that held against you as well. Furthermore, at such a time, if you do not have a lawyer, you may be convinced to pay a fine and get the matter over and done with. However, it is extremely important to point out that paying a fine is considered an admission of guilt – and you just may end up with a record. An experienced attorney who knows the law will make sure none of your rights are violated throughout the process and you receive access to your constitutionally guaranteed counsel.
- Reviewing the Evidence and Taking Care of Paperwork
A Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer will have access to all of the evidence the prosecution intends to use against you. This may include video footage, dash cam footage from one or more law enforcement agency vehicles, witness testimony accounts, chemical tests conducted after the arrest, and other relevant evidence pertaining to your case. It is possible that your defense attorney will hire a private investigator to independently review the evidence or follow up on leads to uncover additional information that may tilt the balance in your favor.
Additionally, your attorney will also take care of all the paperwork related to your case. Our attorneys have a large team behind them who takes care of all the paperwork, allowing the attorneys to focus on effective representation that gets your life back on track.
- Defense Strategy
An experienced Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer will help create a comprehensive defense strategy that is designed to protect your interests as much as With years of experience handling criminal traffic cases, you can be confident that your legal counsel has what it takes to get things done right. Your attorney may be able to negotiate an agreement for time served or community service in lieu of serving time in prison. An experienced defense attorney may also be able to help you avoid getting points on your license, or even worse having your driver’s license suspended or revoked.
Call our office now for a free consultation and speak with one of our criminal traffic attorneys, (954) 256-1464. Our office is conveniently located in downtown Fort Lauderdale at 400 SE 12th Street #B, Fort Lauderdale, 33316.